Safety, service award highlight issues week
By Caroline Goins
and Ike Anyachonkeya
Campus safety, the Presidential Honor Award for service, and the use of the UC lounge headed discussions at SGA’s student issues week.
The public forum on Feb. 12 was held to discuss ways for the campus and community to unite.
According to Director of the Center for Leadership and Service Aubrey Swett, his department won the Presidential Honor Award for more than 10,000 service hours.
“We are very honored to have [UNCP students] in our community,” said Town Council member Greg Hammonds.
Student leaders described the community services efforts of their specific organizations. The organizations represented were the 10% society, National Council of Negro Women, Lambda Theta Phi, African Student Organization, Student Government Association and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
The organizations’ volunteer work included food, clothing, and school supply drives, roadside clean ups, Relay for Life and mentor program
More than 35 people attended this event, including Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Diane O. Jones, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Development Dr. Thomas G. Corti. Members of the town council and the Lion’s Club were also in attendance.
Student issues forum
Held on the Feb. 13, the Student Issues forum was a way for students to address ways that the University could better serve them.
The panelists were Chief Information Officer Robert Orr, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Neil Hawk, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Bill Gash, Athletic Director Dan Kenny, Director of Residence Life Preston Swiney and Director of Financial Aid Bruce Blackmon.
University Police Chief McDuffie Cummings, Dr. Jones, Chancellor Meadors and members of the SGA also answered questions from the audience.
Discussions were led by SGA Vice President Hannah Simpson. The forum lasted two hours.
Many people debated on the uses of the U.C. Annex and U.C. lounge. The panelists explained that the Annex is for hosting events and, that, hopefully, over time the lounge will be a place where students can hang out without being disturbed.
The number of cameras on campus was a hot topic at the forum. One student explained how someone close to her was assaulted outside of Village apartments and the perpetrator was never found. She said that the number of potential victims should be enough motivation to bring in more cameras.
Chief Cummings told the crowd about plans for bringing in more cameras.
He explained ideas to keep the campus safer such as a system that will send text message alerts to faculty and staff in case of an emergency.
Students said they needed more officers on campus to maintain peace and to help if needed by doing things such as giving students a ride in emergency situations.
Many suggested having patrol vehicles on hand to guide traffic for pedestrians when crossing Prospect Road, as the number and speed of the cars make it hazardous for students trying to cross.
Chancellor Meadors advised students not to let problems fester and to go to multiple people if your problem hasn’t received a proper response.